Thanks to generous funding from the KPA, a group of 30 children attended the British Transplant Games held in Gateshead last month. All of the young people have had kidney transplants at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Evelina London Children’s Hospital. They successfully competed in a range of sports and came home with a grand total of 59 medals and a trophy for the ‘Best Kids Kidney Team’.
The children’s team is known as The Evelina VIPs (Very Important Penguins) as the transplant clinic is situated within the Penguin Zone of The Evelina Children’s Hospital. All children who are well enough are actively encouraged to compete in the transplant games and the team motto is “simply the best”.
The British Transplant Games have been held every year since 1978. The event aims to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families.
The KPA also provided funding for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ adult transplant games team.